Charlotte Ronson was inspired by art this season. Anything more specific would only be speculation, thanks to the rock show-like spectacles the designer favors when presenting her clothes. It’s a tall order to hear the designer or discern the fabric of a dress when a sea of bloggers, iPhone photographers, and even a few members of the media are all jockeying to get near the garments. Tonight they were presented on models in a velvet-roped corral—a nod to museums and the aforementioned art theme—that was particularly inconducive to appreciating the clothes. That’s to say nothing of the equally circus-like photo ops for guests like former The Hills star Whitney Port just a stone’s throw away. It’s too bad, as some of the looks here were a step forward for Ronson. Silhouettes felt more sophisticated on items like boxy tees and a perforated scuba jumper with sheer paneling. Ronson’s signature strappy sundresses were present, too, and there was a ratio of sweet to sporty that the brand’s customer will no doubt appreciate, but clothes felt merely incidental to the spectacle here.

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